The Kenny Effect

The Kenny Effect

Who would've thought that we would end the 2010/11 season off fighting for European qualification and having probably the best attacking duo in the Premier League? A look at the effect of Kenny Dalglish …

Expectations: Transfers and Next Season

Twitter can only get you so far when trying to explain your thoughts on a lot of things, limited to 140 characters, it's difficult, especially when I see so many people being very optimistic and so many "ITK"'s contradicting each other with whatever rumours there may be. So I thought I'd look at what we can expect and what I think we should expect to see from now until May of next year. Since purchasing the club, John Henry has …
Liverpool FC v Spurs: The Battle and the Burnout

Liverpool FC v Spurs: The Battle and the Burnout

THE RACE for the Premier League's sole Europa League qualification place has fast become one that neither side really seems to want to win. Not least because the once beloved UEFA Cup has devolved into a cheap imitation of the Champions League with unenviable jaunts to former Eastern Bloc backwaters, but also the upheaval that would potentially bring to the schedule of either Liverpool or Tottenham. Kenny Dalglish's side remain in the box seat to secure a fifth-place finish, which …

Finally, a problem worth having

It has certainly been a rough couple of years for Liverpool FC.  First there were the unwanted owners doing their upmost to ruin the club and then came the infighting at all levels; the boardroom, the coaching staff and players.  As if these problems weren’t enough, Liverpool were having to keep up with the high expectations of fans and media alike, whilst having to sell from an already threadbare squad to buy, nurse injury prone star players and play happy …
What Liverpool FC need (Part IV) – A Winger

What Liverpool FC need (Part IV) – A Winger

We could sit here all day, and debate what areas of our current squad needs strengthening. We could also discuss potential targets, and how realistic a chance of a certain team accepting a bid, and a certain player joining.   In fact, I have read many a debate on the the forums here (Anfield Index Forum), I've had many a discussion over a beer, and hear various shouts on the terraces at match days. In these discussions, I think there …
Dirk Kuyt, my player of the season

Dirk Kuyt, my player of the season

Since Dirk Kuyt’s signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2006 he has gained many plaudits but has also come across his fair share of negative press. For Liverpool fans he has been nothing short of brilliant since the £10million pound move from Holland. But this season again he has really risen above the pack and is no doubt one of the first names on his manager’s team sheet each week. Supporters of other Premier League teams will continue to …
What Liverpool FC need (Part III) – Centre Midfield.

What Liverpool FC need (Part III) – Centre Midfield.

    We could sit here all day, and debate what areas of our current squad needs strengthening. We could also discuss potential targets, and how realistic a chance of a certain team accepting a bid, and a certain player joining.   In fact, I have read many a debate on the the forums here (Anfield Index Forum), I've had many a discussion over a beer, and hear various shouts on the terraces at match days. In these discussions, I …
What Liverpool FC need (Part II) - The Centre Back.

What Liverpool FC need (Part II) - The Centre Back.

    We could sit here all day, and debate what areas of our current squad needs strengthening. We could also discuss potential targets, and how realistic a chance of a certain team accepting a bid, and a certain player joining.   In fact, I have read many a debate on the the forums here (Anfield Index Forum), I've had many a discussion over a beer, and hear various shouts on the terraces at match days. In these discussions, I …

A victim of versatility – Raul Meireles

Player transfers were one of many things Liverpool managed poorly last summer, as Christian Purslow and Roy Hodgson oversaw some woeful signings and ludicrous sales. The arrivals of promising prospects Jonjo Shelvey and Danny Wilson were tied up by Rafa Benitez, who also sanctioned the signing of Bosman flop Milan Jovanovic. Following the Spaniards sacking, Hodgson and Purslow were active in the market themselves. Joe Cole and Fabio Aurelio were signed on free transfers, but in deals that will cost the club a lot of money in the long term; wages of approximately £90,000 per week for Cole and a two year deal for the injury prone Aurelio. The remaining signings were Paul Konchesky from Fulham for slightly more than £3m, Christian Poulsen from Juventus for £4.5m, Brad Jones from Middlesbrough for £2.3m and Raul Meireles from Porto for £10.7m. Leaving Liverpool was a raft of former Academy and Reserve Team players, the wantaway Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera and Javier Mascherano, but also Alberto Aquilani, after just one season of adaptation in England and the promising Argentine international Emiliano Insua, both on loan …
Daniel Agger - Too good to keep?

Daniel Agger - Too good to keep?

In the 2006 January transfer window, Daniel Agger moved to Liverpool from Brondby for what was a club record fee for a defender, at £5.8m. Agger made his Liverpool debut that February against Birmingham City, a match which also saw the ‘second coming’ of Robbie Fowler. However, the Dane was limited to just 4 appearances for his new club that season due to injury …
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